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Sheerness drug dealers jailed after trying to hide crack cocaine during police search


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Two dealers caught hurling crack cocaine into a neighbour's garden when police turned up at their drug den have been jailed.

Officers were carrying out routine patrols in Sheerness last March 10 when they noticed suspicious activity in an alleyway near Richmond Street.

Ashleigh Sharpe, 27, who lives in Richmond Street. Picture: Kent Police
Ashleigh Sharpe, 27, who lives in Richmond Street. Picture: Kent Police

Ashley Sharpe, 27, and George Wright, 33, were found in a nearby home in the same road, which had its door open.

The pair panicked when police arrived, and Sharpe, who lived at the address, immediately ran to the bathroom and appeared to throw something from a window.

Wright was sat on a sofa and attempted to hide items underneath a pillow.

A search was then carried out and both men were arrested.

Officers seized several wraps of crack cocaine, which were found on the bathroom floor, and £620 in cash discovered under the pillow on the sofa. Another £780 was located in the kitchen.

George Wright, 33, of Church Road, Murston, Sittingbourne. Picture: Kent Police
George Wright, 33, of Church Road, Murston, Sittingbourne. Picture: Kent Police

Neighbouring gardens which backed onto the property were also searched, as police suspected more drugs were thrown off the window.

As a result, a burner phone and camera film case filled with crack cocaine were seized. In total 38 wraps were recovered and messages on the phone showed it was being used for drug dealing.

Police also got car keys belonging to a Ford Fiesta parked in Richmond Street. It contained further drugs including amphetamine.

On Tuesday Sharpe was sentenced to three-years-and-nine months’ imprisonment.

He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

The pair tried to hide supplies of crack cocaine. Stock picture
The pair tried to hide supplies of crack cocaine. Stock picture
Richmond Street, in Sheerness. Picture: Google Maps
Richmond Street, in Sheerness. Picture: Google Maps

A further charge relating to the supply of amphetamine was ordered to be left on file.

Wright, 33, of Church Road, Murston, Sittingbourne admitted one count of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and was jailed for two-years-and-three months.

DC Ben Shove, said: "Sharpe and Wright are repeat offenders, intent on supplying crack cocaine to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

"Their actions can often devastate the lives not only of users, but also their families.

"Both of these men are getting the justice they deserve, and we will continue to do everything within our power to bring others, seeking to supply drugs in Sheerness, before the courts.

"Please remember we also need your help, you can be our eyes and ears so please always report anything suspicious by calling 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress."

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